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Cesta do praveku
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1966 (USA) See more »
Four boys living the excitement every boy dreams about in the most fantastic adventure of any age!
Youngest of four boys one day finds a fossil of trilobite. So his older friend take him on journey through prehistory, up to beginning of time, to see real live trilobites. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Vladimír Bejval ... Jirka/Jo-Jo
Petr Herrman ... Toník/Tony
Zdenek Hustak ... Jenda/Ben
Josef Lukás ... Petr/Doc
James Lucas ... Doc (US version) (as James Lukas)
Victor Betral ... Joe/Jo-Jo (US version)
Charles Goldsmith ... Ben (US version)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kerry Mark Joels ... Doc (voice)

Directed by
Karel Zeman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William Cayton  USA version
J.A. Novotný 
Karel Zeman 

Produced by
William Cayton .... producer
Original Music by
E.F. Burian 
Frantisek Strangmüller 
Cinematography by
Antonín Horák 
Václav Pazdernik 
Film Editing by
Zdenek Stehlík 
Production Design by
Ivo Mrdzek 
Zdenek Rozkopal 
Karel Zeman 
Special Effects by
Arnost Kupcik .... special effects
Jindrich Liska .... special effects
Karel Zeman .... special effects
Editorial Department
Olivier Veinat .... color timer
Music Department
Filmový Symfonický Orchestr .... orchestra
Milivoj Uzelac .... conductor

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Also Known As:
"Cesta do praveku" - Czechoslovakia (original title)
"Journey to Prehistory" - International (English title) (literal English title)
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93 min | East Germany:80 min | USA:83 min | Czechoslovakia:81 min
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Some of the prehistoric animal reconstructions have been modeled after the artwork of renowned Czech painter Zdenek Burian. This is perhaps most apparent on the "Brontosaurus", which is standing in almost the exact same pose as in Burian's famous piece and has the exact same detailing on its body.See more »
Continuity: Jo Jo retrieves the diary and stows it on his chest under his shirt, thereby soaking his shirt. As he's then returning to the other three boys, his shirt is dry.See more »
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Referenced in "Mixxxer Show: Sára Sandeva" (2017)See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Childhood memories, 30 December 2005
Author: doktorf from Cambridge, Ma, USA

My father is a film maker, an American who has lived in Prague for more than 40 years. He would bring back things from Eastern Europe in the early '60's. One of them was a 16 mm print of a film titled "Lost River". It had poor English dubbing but the stop motion animation of the various prehistoric creatures was pretty spectacular for the time. This was not the English language version of Cesta do praveku that was distributed as Journey to the beginning of time in the States, but just a dubbed version of the original Czech film.

My brothers and I ran that film time and again and that as well as repeated viewings of King Kong was responsible for giving me a lifelong interest in both dinosaurs and stop-motion.

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